Lee County

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Lee (north)

Lee County is named for Robert E Lee, who was a Confederate general in the Civil War, or for Lee, a family prominent in the New York Land Company who owned an interest in Half-Breed Tract in 1830.

 

Created:  December 6, 1837

County Seat:

Fort Madison   1840 – 1843

West Point       1843 – 1847

Fort Madison   1847 – present ( north )

Keokuk            1847 – present ( south )

 

County Courthouse – Fort Madison

 

Location:  701 Avenue F / 7th Street

Built:  1841 – 1842

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Father Samuel Mazzuchelli

Contractor:  Morrison, Ladd & Atlee

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story redcolored  brick and stone structure. The foundation is stone. On the south front are four large white columns supporting the extended roof with pediment. On the west side is the old jail,

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in West Point in 1841. The cost of construction of the 1842 courthouse in Fort Madison was $12,000. In 1876, the courthouse was completely overhauled and reconstructed. In 1911, fire damaged the courthouse, but insurance money was used to rebuild it that same year.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Keokuk

 

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Location:  25 7th Street / Blondeau Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  Mifflin Emien Bell

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick round arch structure. On the northeast corner is a high square brick clock tower with peaked roof. The west section has a third story with small arched windows. The foundation is course white stone. The building was constructed as the United States Post Office and was converted to the County Courthouse in 1992. The architect was The Design Partnership.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was the Sanford Medical College designed by W A Rice erected in 1856. The building was sold to the county in 1859. In 1976, the old YMCA Building designed by Harry E Ratcliffe and constructed in 1912 to 1913 became the courthouse until 1992.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Henry County and Des Moines County

E – Henderson County, Illinois and Hancock County, Illinois

S – Clark County, Missouri 

W – Clark County, Missouri and Van Buren County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008